A married couple in rural Guangdong province were not fully satisfied with having seven kids but no sons. So, they decided to purchase a baby boy on the black market.
The couple spent almost 100,000 Yuan only to buy a male infant on the black market from a group of human traffickers. However, they never got to enjoy parenting the child because they were caught by the police even before making it home.
While waiting inside a courtroom, the husband, surnamed Chen, told a reporter from Meizhou TV, as disclosed in a Daily Mail story that he and his wife have seven daughters aged 2 to 18 years old — something that was considered a disaster in his own village where boys are considered more important than girls.
Therefore, the “desperate” couple decided to “adopt” a baby boy; claiming they had no knowledge they were dealing with human traffickers.
Chen said the agents had asked for a 92,000 Yuan “adoption fee”. Although he admitted that it was a lot of money, he said a boy would still be worth more; adding that in their village a family without a son isn’t really a family.
As per a Shanghaiist story, local authorities said the child that the couple had bought was originally from Yunnan province and had passed through the hands of a number of traffickers before finally being sold to Chen and his wife far away from his home.
The traditional preference for boys over girls has resulted in a potentially disastrous gender gap in China due to female infanticide and s*x-selective abortions.
It was also revealed in a Kicker Daily story in July that a woman from Anhui province died in July after having four abortions in a single year, after trying to give birth to a son that her husband wanted. The woman would request for an ultrasound exam to find out the s*x of the fetuses, which have been made illegal in China for exactly the same reason. Yet, the practice remains common in clinics and minivans across the country.